killjoy

or kill-joy

[ kil-joi ]
/ ˈkɪlˌdʒɔɪ /

noun

a person who spoils the joy or pleasure of others; spoilsport: I don't want to be a killjoy, but there is too much emphasis on booze during the holiday season.

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Origin of killjoy

First recorded in 1770–80
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British Dictionary definitions for killjoy

killjoy
/ (ˈkɪlˌdʒɔɪ) /

noun

a person who spoils other people's pleasure
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